The Marcel Bezençon Award, named after the founder of the Eurovision Song Contest, was first handed out in 2002, at the initiatve of former Eurovision participants Christer Björkman and Richard Herrey. The Awards are divided into three categories – the Composer Award, the Press Award and the Artistic Award.
Composer Award: Rewarded for the best composition with special consideration given to originality and national identity in music and lyrics: Bulgaria's EQUINOX with Bones.
Press Award: Given to the best song according to the collective vote of the accredited press: France's Madame Monsieur with Mercy.
Artistic Award: Presented to the best artistic performance and voted by the commentators from all countries: Eleni Foureira from Cyprus with Fuego.